Neelam Kothari Soni, Seema Khan, Bhavana Pandey and Maheep Kapoor.
Reality Television Series
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see four star-wives turning around from the bar on cue? – Wannabes. Yes, I went into the series with a prejudice. It was obvious that I felt these ladies had no business being in front of the camera, hogging yet more limelight than they actually deserve.
To begin with who is who, for the uninitiated – Maheep – Mrs. Sanjay Kapoor – who is waiting for her daughter Shanaya to join the nepo-kids brigade shortly. She cannot stop herself from gushing over the fact that her daughter was invited to the La Bel des Debutantes (a ball for the elitist) of course, Ophelie Renouard called Sanjay Kapoor the Indian Royal family patriarch but such things are merely laughed at and not rebuked for being a fake…
The series moves on to Neelam who we haven’t seen on screen since the days of Hum Saath Saath Hai, claiming she is getting offers every other day – make that random offers but she doesn’t want to audition, doesn’t want to ‘smooch’, doesn’t want this and that, while her husband doesn’t want to get pap’ed. They make their privileged life seem so tedious, that it is hilarious.
Following Neelam, are Seema Sohail Khan (who wants to sound very young because she mentions her childhood idol was Neelam, her childhood crush was Sanjay Kapoor and so on…) and Bhavana Chunkey Pandey who seems a quieter saner one of the Bollywood wives, at least in the ‘first season’.
The series is an obviously doctored reality television which tries to show that the wives are more than what they appear to be. Warning: They are not too much more than the LVs and shopping in their Rolls Royce.
Despite the awkward acting and loud dressing and dialogues, the series has its moments. Sanjay Kapoor is absolutely hilarious in the bid of being a rich-man with middle-class values. Funny is when he tries to plug Shanaya with Jet Li’s daughter and gets a blatant ‘maybe not’ on his face. Moments later, he tries to be the typical dad telling his daughter’s dance partner, at the Le Bel to dance near him, so that he can an eye on them – making Maheep’s palm twitch with frustration.
With cameos from Arjun Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar and of course, the queen of star wives – Gauri Khan who walks in with Shah Rukh Khan in the season finale – Fabulous life is a wannabe version of Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Sex in the City all rolled into one. With Seema Khan harping over and over again about how she is a part of a loving family, Maheep admitting to keeping a binocular to stalk her neighbourhood, Bhavana Pandey seeking astrologers and so on…. The only purpose that their husbands, especially Sanjay and Chunky Pandey have in the series is to keep it the fabulous life, middle class at heart.
The series can be missed, but if you are a couple of drinks down and want to laugh at someone’s ‘fabulous life’ one episode or two will not harm.